GREEN CITIES: FORUM OF URBAN INTELLIGENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
On October 30 and September 1, the ’11th Forum of Urban Intelligence and Sustainability Greencities’ was held in the city of Malaga, a reference meeting for all the agents involved in the construction of Sustainable and Smart Cities, attracting companies and professionals of the sector throughout the European Union.
Despite the effects of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, Greencities 2020 has gathered 1,569 participants from more than 20 countries. During the 2 days of the event, 220 national and international experts have participated in roundtables and presentations, where they have focused on the tools and services available to cities to address their transformation towards a Smart City. A total of 53 cities have attended Greencities with the aim of learning about the latest developments for sustainable and Smart Cities, holding meetings with leading companies in the IoT sector.
HOPU has participated actively in this event presenting its catalog of products for monitoring air quality, noise and influx of people, as well as its service of indicators for decision making. In this event, HOPU has interacted with different municipalities of great relevance in the national scene, detecting their needs. The monitoring of air quality, the fight against Climate Change and actions around the European Green Deal and their impact on the cities are only some of the concerns that various Town Hall members have shared with us during the event.
HOPU IN GREEN CITIES 2020
As Gold member of the FIWARE Foundation, in this edition HOPU has participated in Greencities through the FIWARE hub, together with companies from the innovation sector such as HST (Germany), EGM (France) and Eridanis (France), among others partners that develop their tools using FIWARE technology.
During the Greencities forum we have presented to town and regional councils our solutions to support cities to combat Climate Change from the support for decision making, responsible investment and action plans based on innovative technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) for agile decision making based on environmental data.
Green Deal: Sustainability Development Indicators
In our space in the forum we exposed the last news of the Smart Spot, our IoT device for environmental monitoring for Smart Cities. As a device adaptable to the needs of the entity, they allow monitoring different environmental factors such as air quality (gases and suspended particles), temperature, humidity and noise, as well as influx of people in an area and the integration of meteorological stations to collect data such as temperature, humidity, speed and wind direction, among others. This device already offers an accuracy of more than 90% in the data collected, assuming a high-quality solution on the market, with great versatility in terms of monitored parameters.
The second great novelty presented in Green Cities was our indicator service, a visualization tool that allows cross-checking data obtained both by our Smart Spot devices and other relevant data sources such as social data, utilities, open data or satellite data. Thanks to the AI developed by HOPU and through this combination of different data sources, the visualizer generates indicators that allow urban planners to make informed and clear decisions based on all the data of the territory (Big Data).
The first step in the development of a Smart City is the detection of the city’s needs through the preparation of the Master Plan, a task for which a consulting service is required. From HOPU we are immersed working in this field with cities such as Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia), where we are taking an detailed analysis to know the current state of the city to mark a roadmap in its transit to a Smart City.
An agenda of activities throughout the event
During the event we participated in the Elevator Pitch of Climate KIC Spain, accelerator of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), where we presented the initiatives promoted by HOPU that are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The passage of HOPU through Climate KIC has served the company to implement new business models, expanding our services to consulting and advisory work to help the administration when it comes to implementing actions aimed at urban sustainability.
In our pitch we present experiences in cities such as Madrid and Cartagena where HOPU solutions are a tool that contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs. Thanks to air quality monitoring sensors and our real-time data visualization platform, municipalities can plan actions to reduce the environmental impact of cities, with particular attention to air quality in order to fight against Climate Change and curb the emission of Greenhouse gases and other harmful gases.
In more specialized areas, we participated in the presentation promoted by FIWARE called Integrating Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Smart Cities (https://youtu.be/sqKgq1jXa7I), where we exposed our pilot made in the program Blockchers, With Alastria to certify environmental data in the industry, carried out together with the Lisanplast company. In this pilot we have monitored the air quality in the work environment in the industrial activity to protect the health of its workers and comply with the necessary regulations in the work environment.
Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU, participated in two round tables focused on sustainability and environment, presenting the usefulness of indicators to combat Climate Change. In addition, in the Green Point space he presented the results of specific deployments such as the monitoring of the air quality in Cartagena and Madrid in real time where by filtering data such as PM particles, harmful gases and meteorological information with Artificial Intelligence algorithms we identify the origins of the main sources of emissions in the city and offer the administration tools for decision making.
FIWARE PLATFORM at GREEN CITIES
HOPU participated in Green Cities as a member of FIWARE, an open source initiative promoted by the European Union to standardize the applications and development of Smart Cities. During the forum we presented to local and regional councils the work that we carry out from the FIWARE community: making it easier for cities to easily adapt Smart City platforms and take advantage of the work already carried out. In this way, initiatives that have already worked in other cities can be replicated, allowing municipalities to save considerable effort and financial resources. The objective of the companies that work with FIWARE technology is to create a great community around the platform that promotes solutions for Smart Cities, improving life quality of citizens.
HOPU is a Gold Member of the FIWARE FOUNDATION, collaborating in the development of a Digital Single Market that facilitates the development and innovation of Smart Cities through our IoT sensors and our visualization tool, sharing the data obtained through Open Standards. Our CEO Antonio Jara is also a member of the Board of Directors of the foundation.
HOPU WINNER OF FIWARE CHALLENGE IOT 2020 IN GREEN CITIES
One of the surprises during GreenCities was the announcement of the winning company of the FIWARE Challenge, where the proposal of HOPU was selected to diagnose and predict the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras (Cadiz, Spain).
The jury comprised of Telefónica, the Port of Algeciras Bay Authority (APBA) and FIWARE Zone selected our proposal among 9 finalists, where we are going to deploy more than 130 sensors distributed in 25 locations to monitor air quality, noise and climate and 1 water quality sensor to measure aspects such as marine flora, contaminants in water, salinity, dissolved solids, pH and turbidity, relevant to have a complete vision of the environment both in air and water.
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HOPU proposal has been the winner of the challenge proposed by FIWARE Zone and promoted by Telefónica and La Junta de Andalucía.
On Thursday, October 1st at the 11th GreenCities Forum in Malaga, the winner of the FIWARE Zone IoT 2020 challenge for the diagnosis and prediction of the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras Bay was made official. A jury formed by Telefonica, the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras (APBA) and FIWARE Zone has selected the proposal of the company HOPU from the 9 finalists to monitor and control the levels of air quality, noise and water quality in the Port of Algeciras.
FIWARE Zone is a non-profit public-private initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and University of the Andalusian Regional Government and Telefónica to support and promote intelligent solutions for the development of Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and Smart Agrifood. They carry out different actions such as training, technological consultancy, talks, mentoring, access to European funds and support for the deployment of pilots.
Based on its lines of action, FIWARE Zone raised last September the need for the APBA for a solution to monitor and predict the environmental impact of the Port of Algeciras with an investment of up to 100,000 euros. To do this, it opened a call for proposals which ended last September 10th.
More than 130 IoT sensors for air quality, noise and water quality to monitor port activity in Algeciras.
HOPU is a company dedicated to Smart Cities and Smart Destinations with headquarters in the Region of Murcia, and branches in different areas of Spain such as Valencia, Malaga and Madrid. Its main product is a high-precision IoT device called Smart Spot that monitors air quality, detecting harmful and greenhouse gases suspended particles such as dust and pollen, volatile organic compounds (odours), and other parameters such as noise, people flow and weather. All these sensors in a single device provide cost savings in management, maintenance and installation. These devices allow real-time data to be measured at specific points in the port to provide a comprehensive view of air quality and the most affected areas.
For the project in the Port of Algeciras, HOPU will deploy over 130 sensors distributed in 25 locations to monitor air quality, noise and climate and water quality probe to measure aspects such as marine flora, water pollutants, salinity, dissolved solids, pH and turbidity, relevant to have a complete view of the environment in both air and water.
With experience in more than 30 cities, HOPU is making the leap to Smart Ports, a growing market of ports that take advantage of the potential of technology to update their management systems, looking for a more sustainable, efficient and resilient focus.
Artificial Intelligence and sustainability indicators for Smart Ports
Based on the challenge posed, HOPU will design a data visualization tool tailored to the needs of the Port of Algeciras. To do this, it will use data from its devices together with other data sources already available in the Port of Algeciras such as light pollution, satellite monitoring data (Copernicus), ocean-meteorological data from projects such as SAMPA and SAFEPORT and data from the Ministry’s Geoportal. Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) that HOPU has already developed for other use cases, this data visualizer will show indicators of the environmental status in real-time as well as predictions, allowing the APBA to make decisions based on relevant data, allowing more efficient and sustainable management of the port.
The proposed platform makes use of open technologies promoted by the European Commission such as those provided by FIWARE, a foundation that provides different open source software modules for the creation of technological solutions. One of the main components used is the FIWARE CEF Broker, the central brain of the platform that manages all the data and ensures the full compatibility of the HOPU platform with the entire European ecosystem. HOPU is an active member of the FIWARE Foundation as a Gold Member and is a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.
“The ambition of this project is to generate a model of the impact of the daily actions of the Port of Algeciras and surrounding areas, based on the different data, using innovative techniques of deep learning such as long and short term memory networks, identifying anomalies and events that have increased or reduced the impact of these factors on the environment”. Antonio J. Jara, CEO of HOPU
This visualizer based on quality data will make it possible to forecast the impact and support strategies to promote sustainability through the evidence for defining action plans. This work is contextualised within the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) discipline to promote well-being and its connection to climate change mitigation measures such as the European Union’s Green Deal.
The 24th and 25th of September HOPU have been presented at the third edition of Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit, an industry-leading event for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agri-food sector.
1,450 professionals in the field of agriculture and livestock have visited Agrifood ’20, where they have taken knowledge about the technological innovations that are being developed to improve food safety and the efficiency of natural resources in food production. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, Agrifood Summit developed a virtual participation modality through which it has been possible to follow the presentations and events via streaming, as well as holding online networking meetings.
The participation of HOPU in AgriFood 2020 has been through the Porcinnova business accelerator. As a High-technology incubator, Porcinnova encourages startups to develop initiatives that generate Innovative Solutions based on technology and applying them in the Pig Sector. Porcinnova’s objective is to support the creation of new companies and accelerate startups and projects that aim to apply and transfer new technologies that provide solutions to specific challenges throughout the pig industry. Among those challenges, there are issues such as animal health, food safety, mechanization and digitization of farm plants, traceability of animals and products, or the management of waste such as gases or manure/slurry.
During the Smart Agrifood Summit, HOPU presented the details of the ‘Interoperable Pig Health Tracking FITPig’ project in the Elevator Pitch schedule, highlighting the unique value proposition of the IoT solution that we are developing. This pilot, created under the IOF2020 program with other relevant partners, allows the monitoring of air quality and vital signs of animals through standardized and replicable data.
The pig sector in our country (Spain) generates more than 300,000 direct jobs and more than 1 million indirect jobs, representing 1.4% of the national GDP and 14% of the Spanish industrial GDP. These figures and its expected growth in the coming years in view of world demand force the pig sector to introduce considerable improvements in productivity, leading to farms operated on a larger scale without losing efficiency. Alongside this need is social concern about animal welfare on large intensive farms. FITPig seeks to respond to both issues by preventing losses due to death and improving animal welfare. Our solution is based on the monitoring of pig farms, specifically of pregnant and lactating sows.
The integration of new technologies in the agro-food sector is already a reality in the most advanced animal and crop farms. The lack of innovation and the lack of modernisation of the countryside have been two of the main barriers to progress in rural entrepreneurship for decades. Now, more and more companies in the sector are modernising their facilities, using IoT devices that allow for the management and monitoring of the environment in real-time, which enables them to obtain precise data on the state of the product. These advances make it possible to economise on water use by providing each plant with just the water it needs, detecting anomalies in air quality such as temperature rises or CO saturation in the environment, etc.
Through IoT technologies, knowledge of AQi data in real-time and Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence algorithms we can go further in terms of data visualisation but also offer information that allows you to anticipate possible problems or setbacks that degrade product quality or mean losses for the farmer.
Through our experience in the Smart Cities monitoring sector and our Smart Spot device for air quality, we have designed an IoT sensor to record the health of the farm by measuring the gases that affect the health of livestock such as ammonia, CO2, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide in the environment, temperature and humidity. Good air quality is required to maintain the health and welfare of the animals and to provide a good working environment for staff. Air quality is characterised by the concentration of gases, dust and micro-organisms, the respiratory systems of pigs are directly exposed to the air and the air could have direct and indirect effects. The skin, eyes and respiratory tract are directly affected and irritated which favours indirect effects such as disease and poor development. Numerous studies in fattening pigs conclude that there is a relationship between high concentrations of NH3 and the development of the pigs. The most important gases are NH3, CO2, H2S and CO. Environmental control is one of the elements that allows the improvement of environmental quality, which has an impact on the good health of the pigs and an adequate conversion rate. For this reason, it is important to guarantee adequate conditions of temperature, humidity and gas concentrations.
On the other hand, for more direct control, FITPIG has designed an ear tag PPG sensor, an intelligent slope to monitor the vital signs of the cattle. Thanks to these two data sources, global monitoring is generated to control the health status and to predict dangerous situations for the health of pregnant women in farms. With this sensor we can know their heart rate and vital signs, we have real-time access to the environmental state of the farm, ensuring the welfare of the pigs, preventing possible infections and diseases, improving the probability of survival of piglets and adult pigs.
The FITPig project is part of the Internet of Food & Farm IOF2020 call for projects, which promotes a large-scale implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the European agricultural and food sector. It also aims to implement technologies that meet the needs of the entire value chain of the agri-food sector and especially of the end-users working in this type of business or factory, strengthening them for future challenges. A total of 35 million euros has been invested in this call to finance 33 projects from 22 European Union countries, including our proposal.
The use of FITPig is mainly targeted to farms with more than 30 breeding sows that need to reduce piglet deaths due to infections, sow crushing, lack of feed, allowing the farmer to increase the economic profitability of production. This project has enormous added value for the livestock sector, as monitoring serves to give the farmer greater control over production, reduce deaths through prediction, improve animal welfare and reduce the use of antibiotics. Its main innovative factor lies in the use of a sensor to monitor the heart rate of the pigs on the farm, which is unique in the market today, and the integration of all the data into one visualisation tool.
The new challenge of the Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities sector: Certified and quality data
The press and media at the European level are already echoing the recent approval of the European Green Deal, which sets the challenge of being neutral in greenhouse emissions by 2050. Smart Cities have already begun this transition, working on identifying their main sources of pollution for the development of sustainability strategies.
Environmental control also affects Industry 4.0 at different levels, the emission of gases into the ozone layer that affects the population, and the generation of harmful components of air in the working area, which directly interfere with workers’ health.
On a large scale, relevant measures are being taken to control and reduce air emissions thanks to regulations such as EN 13725 on odor control, but in the working environment, more thorough monitoring with monitoring systems is needed. These systems must allow for the detection of dangerous situations at an early stage in order to protect employees and justify compliance with regulations such as the Environmental and Occupational Therapy Law.
“In Industry gas emissions mean more than 7M deaths per year in the world and a dedication of 1,600M euros in sanctions” Iris Cuevas, Chemical Engineer at HOPU.
In order to control this situation, quality control campaigns of the working environment are being carried out by certification companies, through specific inspections. However, these are concrete measures to comply with current regulations. This type of industry requires a system that certifies in real-time that its workers have been in a space free of components that are harmful to health, in accordance with the health parameters established for each one. In this way, they will be able to detect harmful situations at the time and take the necessary measures to protect their workers.
First Blockchain pilot for air quality in Industry 4.0
Thanks to HOPU’s experience in developing air quality monitoring systems for Smart Cities we have a solid product for measuring greenhouse and harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, with an accuracy of over 90%.
Air quality measurements in the industry should always set an example in terms of rigor and certification as this data has a very relevant impact and serves to make critical decisions in the surrounding business fabric.
This is where HOPU proposes a technological innovation to meet this need for monitoring the health of the working environment in real-time. By using the potential of the Blockchain, HOPU is certifying and protecting the data collected by its air quality monitoring devices for use in Industry 4.0. In this way, the industry can verify real-time control of the area to satisfy the regulations regarding the working environment with certified data and justify critical decisions in the environment.
Thanks to Blockchers, a research group working to promote the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies, HOPU is executing its first pilot deployment to validate this Blockchain certificate. With this pilot and our knowledge in the technological and environmental sector, HOPU is expanding its area of action towards the Industrial 4.0. market and improving its services for Smart Cities. This validation is being carried out in the Lisanplast plastic factory, which seeks to ensure that the work environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees.
The pilot consists of continuous monitoring of data from the working environment through the Smart Spot HOPU devices, using open technologies such asFIWARE´s CEF Context Broker, to analyze this data and detect anomalies and events. For this development, HOPU is using the B Besu Alastria network, which is regulated and compatible with the European network. In this way, compliance with regulations in the workspace is verified, a calculation of total emissions is provided and all this in an accessible and intuitive interface to access the data in real-time and in history.
“According to Lisanplast’s prevention regulations, workers were only required to wear masks and earplugs at specific locations in the factory. When we installed the HOPU sensors and saw the measurements of noise and airborne dust in the work area, we presented this data to the prevention company as it was certified and verified. Based on this, the standard of wearing helmets and earplugs was imposed throughout the factory, the number of areas where it is mandatory to wear a mask was increased and the mask was replaced by a more protective one” Pedro Cava, I+D & Marketing department at Lisanplast
This technology allows demonstrating the reliability of the data provided by the HOPU devices, detecting anomalies in the data. In addition, this process checks and certifies that the data conforms to the most demanding regulations.
This deployment has used the device calibration laboratory that HOPU has at its offices in Murcia, an environment with equipment certified by reference companies such as Envira, in relation to the supply and maintenance of laboratory equipment and Linde, in terms of the reference gases used. This laboratory also has ENAC certification, issued by SGS, which empowers HOPU to issue Calibration and Data Quality Certificates (CQC) for IoT devices. Through these CQCs based on the Besu B network (Blockchain), an intelligent contract is generated, stored in the device itself, which links the calibration process carried out in the laboratory, certifying that it has been verified and calibrated by a suitable laboratory.
“The use of Blockchain brings to our product a great differential innovation for the market, both for the Industry 4.0 and for a Smart City. This has been thanks to the support of Blockchers for the validation and to the Alastria Foundation of which we are partners” Germán Molina, CIO at HOPU
Once installed in the final environment, the device begins to collect data from the work area, detecting any high levels of harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, which may be harmful to the worker. Any anomaly or alert is stored in this device along with the time and date in a certified manner, ensuring that this data has not been altered. In this way, they can be exported by the occupational risk managers of this workspace or by regulatory companies associated with the company.
HOPU has been one of the 36 startups selected to take part in the final round of the European Data Incubator (EDI), a 3-year project that offers around 100 startups the chance to solve data challenges set by major European corporates like Volkswagen Navarra, RACC motoring club and the multinational Sonae.
What is EDI?
European Data Incubator (EDI) is an incubation programme run by 20 partners across Europe. It gives the most innovative Big Data startups the opportunity to tackle real world challenges set by corporates across Europe, such as improving road safety in Barcelona or predicting fraudulent transactions in supermarkets.
HOPU is taking part in EDI’s third and final round, after being chosen as one of the top 36 startups and SMEs from a pool of 208. We are going to solve the challenge set by EMASESA. Our approach is focused on examining the effects of Seville’s (Spain) UHIs on water use by single-family residences, controlling for relevant population and different residence areas based on the EMASESA datasets, which offers the last 10 years data about water consumption per inhabitant (aggregated by trimester) linked to the type of residence, the number of homeowners; and an identifier per contract with the capacity to trace water use evolution. Water use evolution will be correlated with the State Meteorological Agency (https://opendata.aemet.es/); which includes historical data from reference stations; providing daily temperature (avg, max, min), wind and sun radiation. Since last years, this data has been extended with the data from the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), including Copernicus Sentinel 3 (land surface temperature data).
The ambition of this project is to generate a UHIs impact model, based on water consumption evolution, using deep learning techniques such as Long Short-Term Memory networks (LSTMs) based on Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs), to identify the different anomalies/events that have increased or reduced the UHIs impact. These models will allow forecasting mid-term impact and supporting strategies to encourage sustainability; providing evidence, indicators and models to support the action plans. This work is contextualized in the discipline of Health in All Policies (HiAP) by World Health Organization (WHO), to promote urban health, wellbeing and its connection with climate change mitigation actions as EU Green Deal.
Benefits include up to €100k in equity-free funding, mentoring, workshops, access to a free cloud environment, and the chance to connect with and be recognised by major European organizations.
The European Data Incubator (EDI) has a €5 Million fund to foster the data economy in Europe and has selected the 36 most promising big data startups and SMEs to take part in their next round of incubation.The programme gives the participants the chance to grow their business as they solve a real-life challenge set by a major European corporate, with the help of up to €100K equity-free funding and a dedicated coach.
The programme takes startups through 3 intense phases of growth over eight months, with a combination of online sessions and physical meetings in Bilbao and Berlin. Each year of EDI incubation process is divided into three progressive phases, in which only the best startups pass to the next level: ‘Explore’, ‘Experiment’, ‘Evolve’.
In the next months, HOPU will take part on the first phase, ‘Explore’. Here we will take part in a datathon, practice our pitches, receive €5k (equity-free) and meet the corporations with which we will be working. Finally, a jury will decide which 16 startups will pass to the next level, ‘Experiment’.
Follow our journey through EDI!
Read about what’s coming up and stay tuned on our news on European Data Incubator’s website: www.edincubator.eu
HOPU works on the decision-making of urban authorities and industry with efficient and sustainable action plans, through intensive data exploitation and monitoring with high-definition air quality monitoring devices.
Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy through the development of decentralised/blockchain registration technologies.
On May 25th it became official: HOPU begins its adventure as a member of Alastria, a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy with technologies such as blockchain.
“Alastria is a European reference for the use of blockchain in business. It is a privilege for us to be part of this community,” says Germán Molina, CIO of HOPU.
HOPU, as a company in the sector of monitoring and visualization of environmental indicators, seeks to offer quality data through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Its range of monitoring products is calibrated in the laboratory according to quality and traceability standards. Besides, the correlation of its data with reference stations reaches more than 90%. This ensures that customers make informed decisions. It also offers continuous monitoring with open technologies such as FIWARE’s CEF Context Broker, which detects anomalies and events, as well as verify the compliance with regulations, calculate total emissions and provide an accessible/intuitive interface for the historical data access. HOPU is innovating in certification and transparency processes through the use of blockchain during continuous data monitoring. This process guarantees the composition of the emissions offered by its indicator visualization services from monitoring to visualization.
This technology allows us to demonstrate the reliability of the data provided by HOPU, detecting anomalies and events in the data. Besides, this process checks and certifies that the data is following the most demanding regulations.
Using Blockchain as an enabler for transparency, trust and compliance
The integration with the blockchain technology has already started, using the B Besu Alastria network which is already regulated and congruent with the European network, and HOPU focuses the next step towards CEF EBSI(European Blockchain Services Infrastructure) also based on BESU, as an evolution of the Alastria network. This innovation will mean a further jump in the quality of HOPU services for Industry 4.0, where gas emissions suppose more than 7M of deaths per year in the world and more than 1,600M euros are dedicated to complying penalties for regulation non-compliance.
In the words of the CIO of HOPU, “the Blockchain is going to have a direct impact on our lives in the next years, the Digital Identity and the Regtech are going to be two of the pillars that will change our way of seeing things”.
The first customer who is making use of these transparency and certification benefits is Lisanplast, a plastics factory that seeks to ensure that its environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees as one of its main Corporate Social Responsibility actions. Through HOPU’s harmful gas monitoring devices, any harmful situation for the health is detected and certified as reliable thanks to the blockchain. This pilot has been financed by Blockchers, a project from the Horizon2020 framework whereby Alastria is a partner. This research group works in the same area of innovation that Alastria does, powering the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies.
HOPU proposal for Blockchers
The following steps of this innovation process will be in January when HOPU will start to issue all the calibrations, maintenance certifications and traceability informs since the Alastria network. Besides, HOPU is expanding the scope of this innovation from the air quality monitoring in cities. The company is using its potential as Golf Member of the FIWARE Foundation, its role as Chair of Data Quality in IEEE (IEEE P2510) and its consolidated cities network with more than 300 devices distributed in Europe. Thus, HOPU services are going to contribute to the fight to mitigate climate change and for the compliance of the European Green Deal. Thanks to the improvements in the HOPU range of services, the deployment of these solutions will certify higher transparency and reliability for urban planners and citizens. Also, HOPU services will suppose relevant support for projects as the Innovation Fund that requires to justify the compliance of the objectives with data to receive the 40% of the project budget.
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In Cartagena, HOPU takes the pulse to fight climate change
The data collection and cross-referencing of a multitude of data such as gases emissions, heat islands, temperature, noise, crowd monitoring, etc. allow that HOPU can understand and analyze the problems of the city. Thereby, HOPU is supporting urban authorities to make informed decisions. HOPU has won the 2020 World -Cities Urban Innovation Prize in the “Urban Planning” category by Le Monde Smart Cities 2020.
In front of the town hall, sensors have been installed at the top of the lampost. In all, Cartagena has 7 Smart Spots continuously monitoring the city. Another 16 units will be deployed in the city as part of their monitoring plan. HOPU
The Urban World Innovation Awards -Cities
For the fifth consecutive year, Le Monde awards its Urban Innovation Awards – “Le Monde” Cities. Sixty-one (61) projects were submitted to the jury by a selection committee made up of personalities from around the world, experts in urban change: elected officials, researchers, business and foundation managers, architects, urban planners, etc.
It is made up of journalists from Le Monde who monitor the fields covered by these prizes daily, the jury, chaired by Jérôme Fenoglio, director of Le Monde, rewarded innovations developed on the initiative of municipalities, businesses, start-ups and others, Associations, NGOs, foundations, citizens or groups of citizens, in five categories: mobility, energy, housing, town planning, citizen participation.
When the winds come from the Sahara, loaded with dust and sand, the levels of pollution with fine particles explode in Cartagena. In normal times, PM10 and PM2.5 fine particles already tend to proliferate in this arid Spanish city surrounded by hills, located in the south-east of the country, on the Mediterranean, known as much for the ruins of its old Roman theatre, its important naval and petrochemical port.
The gases emitted by industry, mobility/traffic, together with the high heat and sunshine, also cause pikes in ozone (O3) pollution. Added to this, in recent times, the multiplication of extreme weather events. “In one year, we suffered Storm Gloria and two episodes of “cold drop” [repeated thunderstorms, continuous rain and, in more severe cases, floods],” said the city councillor in charge of the city. sustainability and European projects, Cristina Mora. “Desertification is progressing, Mar Menor is suffering, and the number of tropical nights is also increasing …”, she continues.
The observation is clear. The solution is less obvious. To mitigate climate change, the city has therefore decided to join forces with a local technology company, called HOPU (Human Oriented Products for Urbanism). “In general, not only do cities lack valid scientific data, which prevents them from correctly quantifying their objectives, but they also do not know where to start to launch monitoring of their city”, underlines Antonio Jara, president and founder from HOPU. Over a year ago, he began extensive surveillance of Cartagena, in order to collect all kinds of data using systems based on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Data contextualization and analysis
Temperature, humidity, solar radiation, soil transpiration, wind direction and speed, but also noise, crowd-monitoring, traffic jams, energy consumption, and of course NO2, CO, O3, H2S, nanoparticles or pollen emissions… 7 sensors record the city’s sustainable and healthy status. They are cross-referenced with data obtained via satellite, such as the vegetation index or the existence of urban heat islands (UHI). All this information provided by the sensors makes it possible to understand, monitor and support action plans to mitigate these urban challenges.
The more relevant data sources, offering high data quality and relevant hyperlocal information, it makes possible more refined analysis to guide the authorities in their decisions and investments.
Socio-economic information, such as the unemployment rate, the level of wealth or poverty, or health, such as the presence of mosquitoes, killer bees or sleep disorders linked to the heat of tropical nights, public lighting, they have then contextualized thanks to the European open-source data management platform FIWARE.
For the city, it is, first of all, a necessity. “European regional development [ERDF], EU Green Deal, and transition funds are becoming more and more demanding with cities,” continues Dr Jara. To have access to all the funds, they must demonstrate that the objectives have been achieved. This forces cities to equip themselves with tools… ”
HOPU made a bet that seems obvious: the right amount of data, with the proper data quality, integrated with multiple data sources enable to make it possible to guide the administration in its decisions and investments. But if the amount of information that can be extracted from a city is almost infinite, you still need to know how to read and use it correctly. For that reason, HOPU is creating intuitive dashboards to facilitate its use (https://opendata.hopu.eu/).
Urban planning consultancy
When Antonio Jara started defining HOPU, this Spanish computer scientist decided to equip cities with intelligent sensors, made-in Spain, more easily managed (device management), thanks to the Internet of Things paradigm; at the same time that enabling remote maintenance and high robustness to be deployed permanently outdoors. “It was the topic of my PhD thesis at the University of Murcia, and HOPU was putting it into practice and elaborating the different gaps and challenges identified during my research career…”, sums up this 33-year-old entrepreneur.
However, in 2017, HOPU decided to extend his field of activity and offer cities the capacity to collect data intensively, analyze, propose/prescribe solutions, and monitor results via KPIs/indicators over Dashboards. The motivation to extend our market to data analytics and urban planning is that “We were creating very relevant and high quality sensors but we realized that the obtained data, was not exploited and used at all the potential and capabilities for what we designed them…”, he recalls.
In the port of Cartagena, HOPU sensors measure air quality and nanoparticles pollution, as well as crowd monitoring and noise. HOPU
Depending on pollution, heat islands, car traffic or the flow of pedestrians (crowd monitoring), HOPU advised Cartagena in the location of low-emission zones (where the circulation of the most polluting vehicles is prohibited) and the creation of a green corridor. But its role can also consist in indicating the best place to install shaded areas. Or simply benches, so that fragile people can rest. Depending on the situation, reforestation will be more useful than the construction of rental stations for electric bicycles or a dissuasive car park.
Economy and informed decisions
“Planting a tree can be used to fight global warming (climate change), but you still have to know where it really works and its efficiency,” says Pedro Yepes, municipal manager of the plan to fight global warming. Environmental monitoring is fundamental to planning our actions against climate change”
“All the decisions the city makes can, therefore, be based on scientific information, i.e. data-driven and evidence-based” Antonio Jara, president and founder of HOPU
Thanks to continuous, monitoring and periodical reviews, HOPU measures the impact of the solutions chosen and corrects any errors. “All the decisions the city makes can, therefore, be based on scientific evidence,” said Jara. HOPU is a team of 23 people, provides services to around 20 cities, including Madrid and Helsinki. Investments can become optimal, which also generates savings and our knowledge can then be used in other cities … “
How many airports without planes, roads without cars, Olympic swimming pools built in small villages or golf courses in deserts could have been avoided in Spain with such tools? For a long time, cities have invested in projects without worrying about the real impact of their urban planning interventions. Some mayors favoured the idea of leaving their “legacy” to the usefulness and efficiency of public investment. When others have directly taken advantage of it to embezzle funds … “It is difficult to prevent corruption, but our sensors can limit abuse of office,” said Jara. In short: finished the arbitrary …
The five “Le Monde” urban innovation awards -Cities
Here are the projects awarded around the world in five categories:
A Carthagène, HOPU prend le pouls de la ville espagnole pour lutter contre le changement climatique
La collecte et le croisement d’une multitude de données telles que les émissions de particules, les îlots de chaleur, permettent à l’entreprise HOPU de dresser un tableau complet des problématiques de la ville et aider les élus à prendre des décisions éclairées. Elle remporte le prix de l’innovation urbaine 2020 du « Monde »-Cities dans la catégorie « Urbanisme ».
Les Prix de l’innovation urbaine « Le Monde »-Cities
Pour la cinquième année consécutive, Le Monde décerne ses Prix de l’innovation urbaine-« Le Monde » Cities. Soixante et un projets ont été soumis au jury par un comité de sélection composé de personnalités du monde entier, experts des mutations urbaines : élus, chercheurs, dirigeants d’entreprise ou de fondations, architectes, urbanistes…
Formé des journalistes du Monde qui suivent au quotidien les champs couverts par ces prix, le jury, présidé par Jérôme Fenoglio, directeur du Monde,a récompensé des innovations développées à l’initiative de municipalités, d’entreprises, de start-up comme d’associations, d’ONG, de fondations, de citoyens ou groupes de citoyens, dans cinq catégories : mobilité, énergie, habitat, urbanisme, participation citoyenne. Le Grand Prix, doté de 20 000 euros, a été décerné, parmi ces cinq projets, à celui qui se distingue particulièrement par son approche innovante, l’ampleur de son impact potentiel et sa possibilité de reproduction.
Quand soufflent les vents venus du Sahara, chargés de poussière et de sable, les niveaux de pollution aux particules fines explosent à Carthagène. En temps normal, les particules fines PM10 et PM2,5 ont déjà tendance à proliférer dans cette ville espagnole aride et entourée de collines, située dans le sud-est du pays, sur la Méditerranée, autant connue pour les ruines de son théâtre romain vieux de deux mille ans que pour son important port naval et pétrochimique.
Les gaz émis par l’industrie et le trafic automobile, associés aux fortes chaleurs et à l’ensoleillement, provoquent également des pics de pollution à l’ozone (O3). A cela s’ajoute, ces derniers temps, la multiplication des événements météorologiques extrêmes. « En un an, nous avons subi la tempête Gloria et deux épisodes de “goutte froide” [des orages à répétition, des pluies continues et, dans des cas plus graves, des inondations] », souligne la conseillère municipale en charge de la ville durable et des projets européens, Cristina Mora. « La désertification avance, la Mer mineure [réserve d’eau salée reliée à la Méditerranée] souffre et le nombre de nuits tropicales augmente… », poursuit-elle.
Le constat est clair. La solution beaucoup moins. Pour lutter contre les effets du changement climatique, la ville a donc décidé de faire appel à une société technologique locale, baptisée HOPU (Human Oriented Products for Urbanism). « En général, non seulement les villes manquent de données scientifiques valides, ce qui les empêche de chiffrer correctement leurs objectifs, mais elles ne savent pas non plus par où commencer pour lancer le monitorage de leur ville », souligneAntonio Jara, président et fondateur d’HOPU. Il a commencé il y a plus d’un an une ample surveillance de Carthagène, afin de récolter, grâce à des systèmes basés sur l’intelligence artificielle et l’Internet des objets, toutes sortes de données.
Croisement et analyse de données
Température, humidité, radiation solaire, transpiration du sol, direction et vitesse du vent, mais aussi bruit, affluence, embouteillages, consommation d’énergie, et bien sûr émissions de NO2, CO, O3, soufre, microparticules ou pollen… Sept capteurs enregistrent ce que sont en quelque sorte les constances vitales de la ville. Croisées avec des données obtenues via satellite, telles que l’indice de végétation ou l’existence d’îlots de chaleur (ICU), les informations fournies par les capteurs permettent de dresser un tableau des différentes problématiques de la cité.
Plus la quantité et le choix des informations croisées sont pertinents, plus l’analyse sera affinée et permettra de guider les autorités dans leurs décisions et leurs investissements
Confrontées ensuite à des informations socio-économiques, telles que le taux de chômage, le niveau de richesse ou de pauvreté, ou sanitaires, comme la présence de moustiques ou d’abeilles tueuses ou encore les troubles du sommeil liés à la chaleur des nuits tropicales ou l’illumination publique, elles sont ensuite contextualisées grâce à la plate-forme européenne de gestion des données open source Fiware.
Pour la ville, c’est d’abord une nécessité. « Les Fonds européens de développement régional [FEDER] ou de transition verte sont de plus en plus exigeants avec les villes, poursuit M. Jara. Pour disposer de la totalité des fonds, elles doivent démontrer scientifiquement que les objectifs fixés ont été accomplis. Ce qui oblige les villes à se doter d’outils… »
HOPU a fait un pari qui semble évident : plus la quantité et le choix des informations croisées sont pertinents, plus l’analyse sera affinée et permettra de guider l’administration dans ses prises de décision et ses investissements. Mais si la quantité d’informations que l’on peut extirper d’une ville est presque infinie, encore faut-il savoir les lire et les exploiter correctement.
Conseil en aménagement urbain
Quand Antonio Jara crée sa société à la fin de l’année 2013, cet informaticien espagnol est décidé à doter les villes de capteurs intelligents, construits en Espagne, plus facilement gérables à distance grâce à des systèmes « machine to machine », et suffisamment robustes pour être installés durablement en extérieur. « C’était le sujet de ma thèse à l’université de Murcie, et HOPU était sa mise en pratique… », résume ce chef d’entreprise de 33 ans.
Cependant, en 2017, il décide d’élargir son domaine d’activité et d’offrir à des villes facilement noyées sous les données la possibilité de les récolter mais aussi de les analyser et de proposer des solutions et un suivi des résultats. Et pour cause. « On créait des capteurs très performants mais nous nous rendions compte que nos clients ne parvenaient pas à exploiter pleinement leurs capacités… », se souvient-il.
En fonction de la pollution, des îlots de chaleur, de la circulation automobile ou encore du flux de piétons, HOPU a conseillé Carthagène dans l’emplacement d’une zone de basses émissions (où la circulation des véhicules les plus polluants est interdite) et la création d’un corridor vert. Mais son rôle peut consister aussi à indiquer le meilleur endroit où installer des zones d’ombre. Ou tout simplement des bancs, pour que les personnes fragiles puissent se reposer. En fonction des situations, la reforestation sera plus utile que la construction de bornes de location de bicyclettes électriques ou d’un parking dissuasif… Et vice versa.
Economies et décisions éclairées
« Planter un arbre peut servir à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique, mais encore faut-il savoir où cela est réellement efficace, résume Pedro Yepes, responsable municipal du plan de lutte contre le réchauffement de la planète. La surveillance del’environnement est fondamentale pour planifier nos actions contre le changement climatique… »
« Toutes les décisions que la ville prend peuvent ainsi se baser sur des informations scientifiques » Antonio Jara, président et fondateur d’HOPU
Grâce à un suivi régulier et des bilans trimestriels, HOPU mesure ensuite l’impact des solutions choisies et en corrige les erreurs éventuelles. « Toutes les décisions que la ville prend peuvent ainsi se baser sur des informations scientifiques, souligne M. Jara, dont l’entreprise, qui compte à présent 23 employés, fournit ses services à une vingtaine de villes, dont Madrid ou Helsinki. Les investissements peuvent devenir optimaux, ce qui génère aussi des économies et nos connaissances peuvent ensuite servir à d’autres villes… »
Combien d’aéroports sans avion, de routes sans voiture, de piscines olympiques construites dans des petits villages ou de golfs dans des déserts auraient pu être évités en Espagne avec de tels outils ?Longtemps, les villes ont investi dans des projets sans s’inquiéter de l’impact réel de leurs interventions urbanistiques. Certains maires privilégiaient l’idée de laisser leur « legs » à l’utilité et l’efficacité des investissements publics. Quand d’autres en ont directement profité pour détourner des fonds… « Il est difficile d’empêcher la corruption, mais nos capteurs peuvent limiter l’abus de fonction », veut croire M. Jara. En somme : fini l’arbitraire…
Les cinq prix de l’innovation urbaine « Le Monde »-Cities
Voici les projets récompensés à travers le monde dans cinq catégories :
This project was born with the goal of focusing on the health and safety at work of pregnant women and women in breastfeeding periods. Motivated by the risks they are exposed to during their working day such as intense noises, thermal stress and gases from multiple sources (thermal degradation and solvents or lubricants applied in the pelletizing processes), the main objectives of this project are to provide a decision tool for factory managers to adapt the tasks of the target employees in the company or even to adapt the production schedule of the working day of these employees to facilitate risk-free work-life balance for the pregnant woman and later, the lactating infant. To assure compliance with occupational therapy regulations and recommendations.
This objective can be achieved nowadays thanks to the new and available IoT technologies that allow to take real-time measurements on specific positions on the factory plants without interfering with the work on the plant. By collecting and analysing air quality data, the plant manager can replan the employee’s tasks to limit the time of exposure. Additionally, it is possible to identify specific high emitting materials and processes, trace the contamination of the vapours produced by the extrusion. Moreover, one could optimize machine and process parameters to minimize emissions.
An interdisciplinary team has been established to determine the requirements, to choose the tools used for implementing the tests in the factory and to evaluate the collected results.
The test have been performed in Murcia (Spain) at Lisanplast S.L., an extrusion of polymers plant and part of the Equality consortium.
Grant agreement No 777455
EQUALITY – IoT4Industry: A new way to identify gases emissions in the industry was last modified: September 25th, 2020 by HOPU
Today, we are immersed in an online environment in which more and more companies use electronic devices to the detriment of traditional processes to perform recurring tasks such as bank transfers, grants and buying products and/or services.
Following the creation of the connected world, the term cyber-attack appears as defining any illegal activities carried out by electronic/computer means, which causes harm to individuals and organizations to benefit at their expense. From this new problem arises a need for solutions opening a new line of business to really shield companies, users and any other organizations that perform operations on the network.
Currently, the main providers of cybersecurity solutions are quite large corporations such as Cisco, Fortinet or Palo Alto. Although the need for these solutions is very broad, the low number of reliable cybersecurity solutions and their high prices make this market an area inaccessible to SMEs with limited resources. In other words, this protection is currently not available for small and medium-sized enterprises although 60% of the attacks in 2015 were targeted towards this profile of company, discovering more than 430 million new malwares that produce harm and effect profitability of the company and in its relationships with the supplier/customer or partner.
“Reliable cybersecurity solutions have very high prices for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), even though they are one of the main targets of cyberattacks”
FORTIKA, as a project dedicated to cybersecurity for SMEs, aims to minimize the exposure of small and medium-sized enterprises to cyberattacks, helping them to successfully respond to these types of incidents. To achieve this, this project is focused on the development of 7 cybersecurity services covering the different areas to which organizations are exposed, and a Gateway to deploy the services. Furthermore, FORTIKA is developing a Marketplace for the distribution of services. Thanks to it, the SMEs can deploy the FORTIKA´s services remotely.
“FORTIKA creates a hybrid solution between software and hardware that is a security seal for SMEs, contributing to greater adoption of digital technology”
Regarding HOPU’s participation in this project, it can be summarized in three main lines of action:
Development of a high-value Marketplace for SMEs: HOPU is working on the design and development of a marketplace as a space to offer all the services developed by FORTIKA to different customers in need. In this way, customers will be exposed to a platform that allows their simple acquisition and installation.
Robust and secure Gateway: Thanks to a long history working in the area of device communication with the cloud, the HOPU team is participating in the development of the Gateway that allows all services generated for SMEs. Specifically, our tasks are focused on ensuring the secure, robust and streamlined communication of Gateways to the cloud for reliable and optimal operation of the services deployed.
A Financial Plan that enhances the product: As part of this project, the FORTIKA team is carrying out a business model and financial plan that ensures the viability of these services in the market, completely achievable for the market to which the product is directed: SMEs. From HOPU’s Marketing Department, a financial value plan has been carefully developed, taking into account other success stories of similar products in order to build a strategy that contributes to definitely bring this product to the market.
An accessible Cybersecurity solution to protect small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was last modified: October 6th, 2020 by HOPU
Smart 50 Awards review committee, Smart cities ConnectUS ignite and Smart Cities Connect Foundation announced the 2018 Smart Award 50 Finalists and we have good news! Our project with the OASC and Insight has been selected for the 50 best projects in the world of Smart Cities.The prize has been provided by GCTC’s, , is a collaborative platform for the development of Smart cities and communities, it enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists,, and corporations from all over the world to form project teams to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems applications within the city and community environment, whose objective is “to establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for incubation and deployment of interoperable, standard-based solutions using advanced technologies such as IoT and CPS, and demonstrate their measurable benefits in communities and cities.”
The project proposal, presented in 2017, is based on the design and development of a pilot for Smart Traffic System in Ireland, considered as a pioneer Smart City, adapting technologies enabled to IoT, thus using our product, Smart Spot for the supervision of the air quality, noise, temperature, humidity and light pollution. The Smart Spot collected data is aimed at reducing traffic congestions in the cities improving the irish citizen’s quality of life.
In the context of the project, the VITAL-OS platform has been used to collect the Smart Spot and other IoT devices data about the traffic conditions answering to the city´s needs in real time. This ensure a direct impact in the citizens and also in the experience of visitors to the city.
This platform, VITAL-OS, focuses on the development of a novel replicable Smart Cities platform OS, which will enable the integration and semantic interoperability of multiple IoT systems that underpin smart city applications and services. One of the core characteristics of this Smart City OS platform is its Core Management OS layer, which aims at providing functionalities for monitoring and controlling in a unified way diverse IoT systems and services, in a plug and play form, allowing the deploy and trial of IoT solutions from one to another city.
This project reuse the actual infrastructure of monitoring and control of traffic to the city able to a development to the technology ability for IoT. A reduction of 15.000€ in energy consumption and 40 tons of carbon emissions can be expected within this project. Therefore, this project helps to maintain the air quality in satisfactory levels, monitoring and regulating the atmospheric emissions in accordance with the European Union Legal Norms. Promote and support the reduction of atmospheric and acoustics pollution. Also ensure the development of external light that minimize the incidence of light pollution.
The expected results are as follow:
Demonstration of IoT technology to improve measurements in the city regarding light pollution, air quality and noise.
Study and demonstration of retro-fit and re-use existing monitoring units for the deployment.
Demonstration of effective and reliability working system for environmental monitoring using IoT technologies.
Effective integration of air quality sensors data: CO2, Temperature, Humidity and Light sensors for maintaining awareness on citizens about air quality, light, noise, pollution.
The OASC Ireland, Insight and HOP Smart City project has been selected for the 50 Best Projects in the world by the GCTC Expo was last modified: September 25th, 2020 by HOPU